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Unusual Hotels: Sleeping in a Sewer Pipe

by Zhiqiang & TingyiSeptember 20, 2009
Das Park Hotel Austria Linz

Austria Linz’s Sewer Pipe Das Park Hotel Would you pay to sleep in a sewer pipe?  Maybe not.  What if it has the following features:-): Comfortable interiors with full headroom Double bed and storage Woolly blanket and light cotton sleeping bag The Das Park Hotel rooms are small, but are safely secured by a code-lock […]

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How to Get from Vienna to Cesky Krumlov the Easy and Cheap Way

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 10, 2009
OBB Austrian Train Vienna to Linz

To get to our next destination, Cesky Krumlov in the Bohemia region of Czech Republic from Vienna, we consider a number of routes (see map below): Private shuttle from Vienna direct to Cesky Krumlov Cost: 950 CZK (about 75 SGD) Irregular timing (e.g. 12 noon pick-up;  reach Cesky Krumlov at about 4+pm) Train from Vienna […]

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Dining Experience at Mozartstube – Hard to Breathe and See

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 10, 2009
Wiener Schnitzel Mozartstube

Dinner @ Vienna Mozartstube One of the benefits of staying in Wombats Hostel was the many guest discounts available at nearby restaurants and attractions e.g. Wombats guest get to enjoy a Wiener Schnitzel for just €6 (usual price: €10) at the Mozartstube. It was just a 5-minute walk away from the hostel – which is […]

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Mozart Madness and Public Transport in Vienna

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 7, 2009
Mozart Vienna Austria

In Vienna, you can find Mozart in every imagination incarnation – keyrings, mousepads, tissues and chocolate balls.  Don’t be surprised if a “Mozart” comes up to you on the streets – most likely they are promoters trying to sell you concerts; be wary of them as most of the time the standard of the concerts […]

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Magnificent St Stephen’s Cathedral Structure

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 7, 2009
Vienna Stephansdom Cathedral

Stephensdom The Gothic Saint Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephensdom) is one of Vienna’s most recognisable structure and is locally known as Steffl (little Stephen), though as you can see from the pictures below, it definitely is nowhere near “little”. From the outside of the cathedral, the first thing that will strike you is the glorious tiled roof, […]

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Yummy Cheese and Curry Sausage in Vienna

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 6, 2009
Wurstel Am Hoher Markt Vienna

Würstelstand Am Hoher Markt According to Lonely Planet, there is a sausage stand in Hoher Market that attracts people from all walks of life with its consistently good sausages, central location and long opening hours.  This is evident from the long queue when we ordered our sausages. We tried the Kasekrainer, a hearty sausage infused […]

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Vienna Naschmarkt and Flohmarkt (Flea Market)

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 6, 2009
Naschmarkt Vienna

Naschmarkt The Naschmarkt is a massive market which extends for more than 500m along Linke Wienzelle between U4 stops of Kettenbruckengasse and Karlsplatz.  See the following map to see the length of the market (indicated by the red line) You can find all kinds of meat, fruits and vegetables at the western end of the […]

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Best Viennese Chocolate Cake (Sacher Torte) Ever

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 5, 2009
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Cafe Sacher – Sacher Torte (Vienna’s Chocolate Cake) Now I finally can answer anyone who asked me “What is the best chocolate cake you had ever tasted?’ – Definitely Vienna’s Cafe Sacher – Sacher Torte!  (Sidenote: why anyone would ask me that question, I also don’t know.) The Sacher Torte (pronounced Sa-kei Totei) is a […]

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Quirky Vienna – Opera Toilet, Flak Tower

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 4, 2009
Vienna Opera Toilet

Following up from this morning’s post on the quirky sides of Vienna, I will be sharing with you how Viennese had integrated the Opera culture into even their toilets. Opera Culture in Vienna Just underneath the Vienna Opera House lies a public toilet that plays Mozart music.  For €0.60, you get to soak in the […]

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Quirky Vienna – Hundertwasser House Unique Architecture

by Zhiqiang & TingyiAugust 4, 2009
Hundertwasser House Vienna

Today’s posts will highlight some of the quirky sides of Vienna that are usually off the tourist track. Hundertwasser House The Hundertwasser House Vienna is an apartment house in Vienna, Austria, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.  He is widely renowned today for his revolutionary architectural designs, which incorporate natural features of the landscape, and […]

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